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* UN political chief to visit the Sri Lanka IDP camps today
Thu, Sep 17, 2009, 10:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 17, Colombo: The United Nations Under Secretary-General for Political Affaires, B. Lynn Pascoe who arrived in Colombo Wednesday evening for a 3-day visit will visit the welfare camps in the North for the internally displaced persons today.

Pascoe who was dispatched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is here to discuss the resettlement of the IDPs, political reconciliation and the establishment of a mechanism of accountability for alleged human rights violations in the context of the conflict.

The high ranking UN official is scheduled to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday (18).

Following a telephone conversation with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday (14), Mr. Ban Ki-moon dispatched his political chief to discuss the critical issues.

During his stay here from September 16-18, Pascoe is also expected to hold discussions with a number of ministers and senior representatives of the Sri Lankan government, diverse political and civil society leaders to obtain a firsthand view of the situation of the IDPs and the ongoing progress on post-conflict issues such as humanitarian assistance, resettlement of IDPs and the political process.

The UN official will also look into the continued detention of two local UN staff members, and the decision by the Sri Lankan authorities to expel UNICEF spokesman James Elder.

Pascoe will also hold consultations with the United Nations Country Team in Sri Lanka, to ensure the UN can effectively provide assistance to Sri Lanka in support of forward movement in all the issues, the UN said.

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